Hypable’s Most Anticipated Games for 2013

1:30 pm EDT, December 27, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new as the saying goes. Now that 2012 is coming to a close, check out what we think are the most anticipated games of 2013.

While only ten games made our list, 2013 is already shaping up to be an incredible year for games with the likes of DmC: Devil May CryDead Space 3, Pikmin 3 and the Tomb Raider reboot all just missing out.

10. Next-gen consoles (Unknown)

Next-gen console

While not a game, and not technically announced as of yet, we can’t wait to hopefully see new consoles from Microsoft and Sony next year, not to mention the confirmed Steam Box from Valve. Nintendo launched their next-gen console in the Wii U in November and all signs point to the other two at least announcing theirs this year, possibly at E3. The Xbox 360 was released in 2006 and the PlayStation 3 in 2007, meaning this generation has been around for almost seven years. With the lack of new IP and video game sales down in 2012, it looks like both developers and consumers agree with our sentiment. Let’s hope both companies give all of us what we want in 2013.

9. Rayman Legends (February 26)

Rayman Legends

Rayman Origins stole our hearts with its delightful art style and challenging platforming in 2011 so we can’t wait for its sequel, Rayman Legends, coming from Ubisoft in 2013. We’re not only excited just because it’s a sequel to Origins, but also because it looks to be  a good reason to own a Wii U. Outside of Pikmin 3 there’s not much for the first part of the year exclusive to the console so Rayman Legends will nicely fill that hole in owner’s consoles until Nintendo announces more at E3 2013.

8. SimCity (March 5)

SimCity

Resurrecting one of the best-loved gaming series of all time after almost ten years without a release is either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid. The original developers, Maxis, now fully under EA’s control, are back to develop the first proper SimCity game since SimCity 4. With a new engine, more customisation and curved roads, plus 26 awards already bestowed upon it, SimCity promises much. Whether the need for a permanent Internet connection, the relentless focus on multiplayer, and the lack of multiple saved games will sink SimCity remains to be seen, but we’re hoping the reboot will provide a good mix of nostalgia, addictive and fresh gameplay; and, of course, reticulated splines.

7. Double Fine Adventure (Q2 2013)

Double Fine Adventure not only marks the next game from one of our favorite developers, there’s extra excitement as it was the first project to really kick off the Kickstarter phenomenon that was one of the biggest trends in 2012. What’s not to like with Double Fine Adventure? Tim Schafer returns to the genre that made him a household name in the gaming industry alongside one of the most creative teams there is. Let’s hope this one doesn’t disappoint.

6. South Park: The Stick of Truth (May 2013)

South Park


After publisher THQ filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, there’s extra pressure on South Park: The Stick of Truth to not only be great critically, but also commercially. Luckily, with Obsidian Entertainment behind the helm to provide the solid mechanics and serie’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone working close alongside the project, ensuring the humor will be on point, there’s a good chance of just that happening.

5. Beyond: Two Souls (2013)

Beyond Two Souls

Quantic Dream’s previous title, Heavy Rain, showed promise in the developing a video game narrative for a mature audience with irregular gameplay when it released in 2010. In Beyond: Two Souls, David Cage and company look to take that progress and improve upon it even more. Though we know little about the title outside of the debut trailer shown at E3, and that Ellen Page will provide the voice for the main character, we can’t wait to experience what is in store.

4. Watch Dogs (2013)

Watch Dogs

Another title we know little about outside of its brief showing at E3 2012, Watch Dogs impressed us enough during its trailer to get our minds racing in anticipation. Coming from Ubisoft Montreal, developers of both the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry series, there’s already pedigree to be excited about. Add in the ambitious promise of an open world setting with the ability to hack almost anything paired with an intriguing narrative based around information warfare it’s easy to see where the anticipation comes from. Watch Dogs could be one of next year’s best.

3. The Last of Us (May 7)

The Last of Us

Naughty Dog’s follow-up to the Uncharted trilogy has been hotly anticipated from the moment it was revealed, and the wanting has only grown since as more and more is revealed about the project. The Last of Us looks as bleek as any post-apocalyptic setting we’ve seen and the dynamic between Joel and Ellie already has us caring about the characters.

2. Grand Theft Auto 5 (Q2 2013)

GTA 5

Although we don’t yet know an official release date, when Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto 5 does hit (most likely May), it will most likely do so with a very big splash considering the performance of its predecessor earlier in the console generation. Going back to Los Santos and with the biggest game world in series history, GTA 5 looks to be bigger and better than any of the previous entries. Rockstar also seems to be making big changes to the series with three playable characters that the player can jump between. Whatever GTA 5 brings to the table, we’re happy to have the series back.

1. Bioshock Infinite (March 26)

Bioshock Infinite

Several delays and news of members of the development team leaving haven’t scared us off from Bioshock Infinite. If anything, the waiting has only increased our appetite to experience the world of Columbia. So far, anything we’ve seen from the game has been breathtaking, from the floating city itself to the travel and combat benefits of the sky rails to the incredible voice acting. Irrational Games has the pedigree to expect greatness from, and we expect Bioshock Infinite to be nothing less than to be one of 2013’s best titles.

If you missed our earlier end of the year coverage, be sure to check out our top five games of 2012 and our top five indie games of the year.

After all that talk of inclusivity, Star Trek Beyond falls into the Hollywood trap of implied sexuality.

Mild spoilers for Star Trek Beyond.

Star Trek Beyond, already a wildly anticipated movie, made headlines ahead of its release because of the franchise’s decision to introduce the first openly LGBT character: Mr Sulu, played by John Cho.

While this decision was certainly met with excitement, there was disappointment, too. The original Mr Sulu, George Takei, openly voiced his opinion that they should have introduced a new LGBT character rather than expand on original canon (as they have been the whole trilogy), while Simon Pegg beautifully argued that there was power in using an established character who wouldn’t be defined by his sexuality.

Then came the movie itself, and while the introduction of gay Sulu is still a great thing, we’re left sorely disappointed by Beyond‘s decision to depict the LGBT relationship — or rather, hardly depict it at all.

As reported by our friends at The Mary Sue, the scene featuring Sulu and his husband Ben depicts a “lukewarm” relationship, although Sulu is very affectionate with the pair’s daughter.

This is, unfortunately, a common problem in Hollywood when an LGBT couple — almost impossibly — makes it into a big franchise film. They’re allowed to be there, but having any kind of physical interaction even remotely resembling what a heterosexual couple might have still seems to be off-limits.

Related: Hollywood is failing the LGBT community: GLAAD slams Disney, Paramount and Warner Bros.

And, according to John Cho, there was actually a kiss filmed. “There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore,” he told Collider. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”

Cho points out that Ben was played by a non-actor, writer Doug Jung, and says, “Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We’re two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.”

And we wish we could have seen it. Introducing a major LGBT character in the Star Trek franchise is a fantastic first step, and depicting two POC actors raising a child together is a great statement — but, unfortunately, the decision to cut out their kiss (which was already chaste, by the sounds of it) is emblematic of Hollywood’s continuous phobia of depicting LGBT relationships and intimacy on the big screen.

As Screen Crush also points out, this exact same scenario played out in Independence Day: Resurgence, too. In Finding Dory, the lesbian couple are only implied, in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it sequence.

LGBT representation (when present at all) is always so subtle, evidently in fear of offending straight audiences while not totally erasing non-straight sexualities. And, sadly, even that is considered a big step forward — but maybe it’s time we start depicting humanity as it is, and not what society wished it was 100 years ago.

Here’s looking at you, Star Wars.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews from theater critics are glowing, so when the hell can Americans get a chance to see the play in New York?

With just days to go until The Cursed Child script book is released around the world, The New York Post’s theater reporter has spoken to sources who say the play will be coming to Broadway sooner rather than later. Producers are currently holding discussions to bring the play to NY as early as 2017.

They haven’t yet announced a Broadway engagement for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” but New York theater people say it’s only a matter of time. Word is that Friedman and Callender are in negotiations for a Shubert theater possibly for next season. They may hit Toronto first, however.

The idea of The Cursed Child hitting Broadway so soon (“next season” could mean around May 2017) will come as a relief to American Harry Potter fans who would rather not travel overseas to see “the eighth story” (though it’s a little more affordable to do so right now thanks to #Brexit). It also speaks to this important fact: It’s important to see The Cursed Child rather than reading it.

If the show does go to Toronto first as The New York Post suggests it might, a trip to Canada would also be easier for Americans. Sorry, people who don’t live in North America.

This writer saw the play in June and absolutely loved the characters and magic happening on stage. But the story is… not the best. I’m very eager to see what fans, myself included, think of the story after reading the script book this weekend.

For her part, Rowling has promised that fans around the world will get to see the play. Only time will tell if she’s hinting at a movie or a world tour:

If ‘Cursed Child’ comes to Broadway next year, will you try to see it ASAP?

The West End production currently has dates running into May 2017, but additional dates are expected to go on sale in early August.

Present day Han Solo may’ve left the main Star Wars series after the events of The Force Awakens, but the character’s time in movie theaters is far from over.

The new Han Solo film from Lucasfilm — scheduled to hit theaters in May 2018 — might turn into a trilogy for the reluctant hero, according to the New York Daily News.

The paper reports that star Alden Ehrenreich has signed a three-picture deal, suggesting that the studio intends to expand the Han Solo spinoff into a trilogy. “They feel that his character has the right potential to become a central figure in several movies,” a source told NY Daily News. “They’re keeping things under wraps at the moment, but the deal is that he has signed for at least three movies.”

This makes a lot of sense given the popularity of the character coupled with his absence in Episode 8 and beyond. We also know that Lucasfilm and Disney have many, many grand plans for Star Wars in the years ahead: The very first Star Wars theatrical spinoff, Rogue One, opens later this year. Episode 8 then hits theaters a year later (2017), followed by Han Solo’s own movie (2018). Next comes Episode 9 in 2019, followed by yet another spinoff reportedly focused on Boba Fett in 2020.

As for 2021 and beyond? Only time will tell, but we expect more movies set in the worlds of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and now Han Solo.

The Han Solo spinoff will be directed by LEGO Movie helmers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. They’re currently deep into pre-production, as this tweet from Lord this morning shows:

“This is the first film we’ve worked on that seems like a good idea to begin with,” the directors said last July. “We promise to take risks, to give the audience a fresh experience, and we pledge ourselves to be faithful stewards of these characters who mean so much to us. This is a dream come true for us. And not the kind of dream where you’re late for work and all your clothes are made of pudding, but the kind of dream where you get to make a film with some of the greatest characters ever, in a film franchise you’ve loved since before you can remember having dreams at all.”